The places that inspired Oliver Twist

This walk is in partnership with The Charles Dickens Museum

What to expect

As a young, up and coming writer, Charles Dickens spent innumerable hours wandering the streets of London, observing and storing for later use, all he saw and experienced.

In 1837 Dickens moved to 48 Doughty Street (now the Dickens Museum) and it was here that he wrote Nicholas Nickleby and perhaps his most famous work of all, Oliver Twist.

On this walk we follow in Dickens’ footsteps as he wandered the streets near his home. We see the places and hear about the people and events that inspired him to write Oliver Twist.

We learn how the social and political context of Dickens’ London influenced Oliver Twist and led to Dickens becoming regarded as a great social reformer of Victorian England.

See where Oliver is accused of robbing Mr Brownlow as he browses at a bookstall. Walk the streets which once housed some of the worst slums in London and see where Dickens set Fagin’s den of thieves.

Dickens filled Oliver with London’s criminal underbelly of pickpockets, prostitutes and murderers and we too go where they skulked, forever in the shadow of the gallows. And like them, we see the sites of courts, prisons and  executions, all of which Dickens saw and wrote about in Oliver Twist.

Meeting Point :  The Charles Dickens Museum, Doughty Street
Duration : approx 1 1/2 hours
Price: £10.00 per person